Last weekend I attended Saboten Con at the Glendale Renaissance hotel. The convention ran over Labor Day weekend and was host to numerous guests, including actor/comedian Phil LaMarr. Phil was signing autographs and hosted panels and Q&As on his extensive voice work, acting, stage and comedy experience. Unlike larger conventions, although his panels were filled to capacity, all fans who wanted to ask a question got their chance, many times with character impressions included.
With over 250 credits to his name, even if you don’t immediately know who he is, you’re guaranteed to know a few of his characters. Just check out his imdb (you can show the man some love by “liking” the page too). Whether it’s from his bigger roles, like his appearance in Pulp Fiction, his long stint on MadTV, or one of the characters he voices (Vamp from the Metal Gear Solid series, Hermes Conrad from Futurama, John Stewart the Green Lantern in Justice League), he’s probably somewhere in your collection of games or movies.
I got to sit down and speak with Phil this weekend. We talked his voice acting, about the difficulties of hosting panels on your own, went over his new web series Inside the Legend, and he was less than shy about serenading me with comedy and characters. Here, in two glorious parts is our interview for Saboten Con and ComicBooked.com.
To see more from Saboten Con, check out some images on my Pinterest board!